All government contracts carry specific requirements that the products or goods being purchased by the government under its contracts meet a certain grade or quality. There often is a further requirement that the parts be purchased from American companies. Much like the temptation for contractors to lie about whether they have complied with design specifications, some contractors substitute cheaper and inferior goods or components in an attempt to save money. However, when the contractor asks to be paid, it must certify that the goods or components meet the standards designated in the contract. When the contractor lies about this compliance, it can be a violation of the False Claims Act.
If you would like to blow the whistle on a defense contractor that has improperly substituted parts required under contract specifications and made false certifications of compliance, contact Michael S. Bigin or Laurence J. Hasson.